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[in-hyoo-muh n, or, often,,yoo-muh n ] /ɪnˈhyu mən, or, often,, ‐ˈyu mən /
lacking human attributes:
The unhuman figures in his earlier work were not well received.
of a quality or power beyond what is human; superhuman:
Her hands clenched the chair with unhuman strength.
not a member of the human species:
Of our unhuman relatives, I love the mountain gorillas best.
Origin of unhuman
First recorded in 1780-85; un-1 + human Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the sound of that at once unhuman and singularly confidential voice close beside him, George Lovegrove gave a guilty start.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • As always, my human organism shrank from Its unhuman neighborhood.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • It was a crumbling stump atop a rusty hill, unhuman and grotesque.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • Passion spoiled everything, and it was very ugly and unhuman.

    Mogens and Other Stories Jens Peter Jacobsen
  • Desire of mine and of the unhuman Thing, did we grasp at Eve or Lilith?

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • The word means an inhuman or unhuman man, a man who is not man.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • The sandwich-man spasmodically opened and closed his mouth in the unhuman fashion of a ventriloquist's puppet.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • The electric shock of the young sun-beams and the unhuman beauty of the woods began to irk and daunt her.

    Prince Otto Robert Louis Stevenson
  • To all these human or unhuman aids some overburdened soul has felt free to say anything the audience might need to hear.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • Nay, I tell you it is not God you speak of, but some heathen fancy, smoking up from your unhuman heart.

Word Origin and History for unhuman

1540s, "inhumane, cruel," from un- (1) "not" + human. Meaning "superhuman" is from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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